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REBUILDING TOGETHER BATON ROUGE INC

Repairing Homes, Revitalizing Communities, Rebuilding Lives

aka RTBR   |   Baton Rouge, LA   |  www.RTBR.org

Mission

OUR MISSION Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Bret Pinson

Main address

PO Box 1109

Baton Rouge, LA 70821 USA

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EIN

20-1459780

NTEE code info

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We strive to keep low-income elderly, veteran and disabled homeowners in their homes longer and safer by utilizing volunteer labor and RTBR house captains to work on needed modifications or repairs to the home. We work primarily in the poorest neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, LA. Louisiana is consistently at the bottom of most national standards of living. Time Magazine said in 2018, " The Promise of America says that if you work hard - if you sacrifice - you, or at least your children, will succeed. But too many Americans today were sacrificing into an empty void, with no returns for generations. At a certain point, it's not sacrifice anymore - it's just suffering." In March, 2021 US News and World Report ranked Louisiana 50th (last) for Best States in the US. RTBR's goal in 2021 is to reach as many low-income older homeowners who need help as possible. We completed 150 home repair projects in 2020 and we would like to complete 200 in 2021.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Build Day

RTBR is completely privately funded with no government assistance, works FIVE days a week, all year round to help elderly, veteran and disabled homeOWNERS stay in their homes longer and safer. Our projects range from unclogging a kitchen sink when the homeowner cannot afford a plumber to changing out a tub for a shower when the homeowner can no long safely take a bath. Build Day is the third weekend in April and volunteers from all over Baton Rouge come out to work on multiple houses, providing everything from home repairs to landscaping. Thank you Baton Rouge for your support!

OUR MISSION Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.
Karen Ewing • Novem

Population(s) Served
Retired people
Veterans

When an applicant qualifies for help, RTBR goes on an initial inspection of the home. During that inspection, whether RTBR is able to provide the critical repairs requested or not, we install 3 smoke alarms, a fire extinquisher and CO2 monitor if required. In 2022, we will provide over 100 homes with Fire Safety products hoping to keep each family safe.

Population(s) Served

For low-income, over 65, veteran or disabled homeowners who qualify, RTBR provides critical repairs to their homes such as ramps for accessibility, handicap modifications, structural repairs from subfloor to roofs, plumbing, and electrical to name a few. We help people age in place by making their own home safer and healthier.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Veterans, People with physical disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022, we have engaged in strategic planning to help more people, more. The result is our avg. recipients we serve each month has increased to 12.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RTBR envisions a thriving 70805 neighborhood, where elderly, veterans and disabled homeowners no longer live in homes that should be demolished. In August 2016, am unnamed storm dumped 30" of water on Baton Rouge in 3 days. 90,000 homes in East Baton Rouge Parish flooded and 8,000+ of those were in 70805, the poorest zip code in Baton Rouge. We work daily to fix faulty plumbing, structural issues, leaky roofs, and rebuild flooded homes for elderly homeowners who live below the poverty line and have no means to make basic needed home repairs, much less rebuild a flooded home. We focus on the most neglected and vulnerable people in America. People who worked their entire lives and still live in poverty.

RTBR took the time during COVID to improve our data management systems, upgrading to Sales Force for non-profits. We now have the infrastructure, systems and capacity to triple our work. Due to funding restraints, we cannot at this time hire more project managers to work and supervise volunteer efforts. With funding, we are ready to take on more work right away! RTBR will embark on a capacity building campaign in the Fall of 2021 to add project managers. With additional staff, we will increase our completed projects from 150 to as many as 300.

RTBR also cemented relationships in the past year with several local skill companies offering us deep discounts to roofs and HVAC systems critical to keeping a home dry and livable in the South. With unprecedented rainfall in the past year and unbearable summer heat, these relationships are invaluable.

As the only non-profit focusing on this problem, we work Mon-Friday, to handle the hundreds of requests for help we receive. Our staff of 7 catalog requests, organize volunteers, provide necessary materials and tools at each job site, manage and supervise the volunteer labor, and when necessary, RTBR does the work.

We utilize donated trucks, a warehouse, several trailers, www.rtbr.org, FaceBook, Sales Force for Non-Profits and a cloud based phone system allowing volunteers and staff to answer calls to make daily work happen. We currently receive/make over 1,000 calls a month to intake applications.

This spring, RTBR applied for a three year HUD grant Older Adults Home Modifications grant which, if received, will allow us to continue the work we do with government funding. We should hear if we receive the funding in August, 2021.

2020 was a challenging year because of COVID. Most of our clients are vulnerable elderly homeowners. Many are disabled and do not leave the home. RTBR's consistent volunteers, the Silver Hammers, are retired and could not make it out last year as well. Most of the repairs were completed by staff, or were exterior projects enabling volunteers to work. 2021 has already proven to be a much more productive year with more volunteers coming out now.

RTBR 2020 numbers:

Total Homes Served: 123
Total Repairs Completed: 238
Total Residents Helped: 249
Call Volume: 5287

Typical repairs include: 37 ramps, 42 roofs, 5 flooded home rebuilds, 13 handrails, and 7 HVACs

Average home rebuild: $16,000
Average ramp cost: $1800.00

Average age of accepted applicant is 69.5

History:
We rebuilt a 4 street neighborhood in Glen Oaks in 2017 (19 flooded homes that met our criteria). The entire neighborhood came back, every home rebuilt, because we were there for a year. We would like to begin to rebuild 70805 a few streets at a time in a similar fashion. To date, we have helped hundreds of homes in 70805, but not in a coordinated fashion. Our goal is to begin neighborhood rebuild, enhancing the entire street.

Even though COVID set us back with volunteer work, we have not lost pace in repairs completed. Our staff has been together 5 years, now. We have systems and structure allowing us to maximize our small staff of 6 to the greatest degree. We would like to add 2 more handymen this year, enabling us to help twice the number of applicants. RTBR would like to implement a structured Safe and Healthy Home Program in every home we work in 2022. This will require funding for the program and staff but will help prevent falls and offer critical repairs we currently cannot fund.

Our staff is seasoned and ready to take on new work!

Financials

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REBUILDING TOGETHER BATON ROUGE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Ewing

Retired

Term: 2017 - 2021

JULIE BAXTER

Rhorer Law Firm

LEROY MCKEEVER

RHODIA

Mark Upton

LA Defense Atty

Michelle Hardy

Turner Ind

Julie Payer

LA Veterans Affair

Josh Coleman

Atty

Joel Phlliips

Buquet & Leblanc

Linda Fontenot

Retired Educator

Rene' Roberts

Commercial Realtor

PAM VAN NORMAN

BRAND ENERGY

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/06/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.